By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
As a teenager, we often don't make the best decisions (my neon slouch socks, smoking habit, and frosty pink lipstick come to mind). At least those were temporary lapses, though, that I could easily leave behind before getting to be a full-fledged adult.
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I do regret a more permanent change I made at the time: getting bonding to have the gap closed between my front teeth. At the time, I was self-conscious about looking different, but now I wish I could proudly flaunt my gap (unfortunately, two different dentists said it would be too difficult and costly to remove the bonding now.) And I'm not the only one who wanted to make major, long-lasting appearance changes as a kid.
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Big-busted celebs Sofia Vergara and Katy Perry both recently admitted that as teens, they wanted breast reductions. Neither got one, and they both say that as adults, they're
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By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Fifty-four percent of women say that when someone compliments their looks, it makes them feel happy, according to a recent Kelton Research study. And we've got an easy way to bring in the flattery fast: Certain beauty products go above and beyond personal satisfaction, grabbing others' attention left and right, time and again. These are the ones our editors swear by.
Pop Beauty Smokey Eyes palette. For deputy editor/beauty director Amy Keller Laird, the high-sheen (but no-shimmer) bronze shadow in this palette works like a charm. "I apply it over my lids and then slightly darker in the crease, creating bronze smoky eyes," she says. "Just yesterday, while I was at a salon getting a blowout, the girl who shampooed my hair complimented it. Then I had a TV appearance, and the makeup artist there complimented it. Then when I got to work, several coworkers complimented it. It's like this every time I wear it."
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By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
When Taylor Swift told us that we helped inspire her signature makeup look, we were thrilled. We painted her lips bright red for her first Allure cover back in April 2009-and when we talked to her for our cover story this month, she told us that that cover was the first time she'd worn the color she now loves. In a recent interview with E! Online, Swift said that a red mouth "really helps you show emotion."
Scientists used eye-tracking software to show that, in ten seconds, men will spend more than half of that time staring at a woman's lips. Geoff Beattie, who led the investigation, examines the red lip trend that started way before Swift took the stage (or was even born).
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Dec 14, 2010 1:31 AM EST
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Is Your Favorite Straightening Treatment Now Banned?
The Canadian government recently banned the sale of a number of popular hair-straightening products. The treatments, which are usually used in hair salons and typically not sold directly to the public, were linked to reports of hair loss, watery eyes, and other symptoms consistent with overexposure to formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen that is dangerous to both salon clients and employees.
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Health Canada, that country's equivalent of the FDA, blocked the following products, most of which originate in the US:
- Brazilian Keratin Treatment
- Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment
- Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment
- Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy - Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry - Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant - Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave - Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment - IStraight Keratin (Advanced Keratin
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazineRead More »from Are Men Beauty Babies?
In an effort to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity, a group of British counselors and council staff had the genius idea of waxing off their mustaches to help their fundraising efforts. One waxee said of the experience, "I now know the pain ladies suffer through waxing-they have my sympathy." While I appreciate his condolences and newfound understanding, this still confirms something that we, beauty addicts and simple mascara-and-lip-balm girls alike, have known for years: Men are beauty babies!
I remember an ex-boyfriend of mine who would obsess about gelling and straightening his hair. I thought it was bad enough before the two of us went on a vacation to humid Florida-but he began waking up with the sun to frantically run an iron through his hair, whimpering as he went.
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And he's not the only boy to throw a beauty tantrum. To confirm this theory, I asked our staff to share their thoughts anonymously
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
I just read a great essay on Salon about an organic makeup-wearing, yoga-practicing mom, who despite knowing about the risks, fell in love with the formaldehyde-loaded Brazilian Blowout. The writer, Jessica Berger Gross, called the treatment her "tiny hypocrisy."
The BB went against her otherwise holistic way of living-and also betrayed her feminist sensibilities (she's doing something dangerous just to be prettier) and even made her feel like she was abandoning her Jewish heritage by eliminating her Jewish curls. But the allure of easy-to-manage hair was strong-and the results were beautiful. Berger Gross had a hard time pulling away, even after the Canadian government issued a safety warning against the treatment. (She lives in Vancouver.)
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In the end, she opts out of future Brazilian Blowouts for her son. "I can't stop thinking about countless women-the mothers,Read More »from Do You Compromise Your Principles for Beauty?
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazine
Despite the fact that baking in the sun-or in a tanning bed-has been shown to significantly raise the risk of skin cancer, people still apparently find a tan sexy. In a recent study, researchers at Emory University posted pictures on hotornot.com to test whether "hotness" ratings would change when the same woman was shown with her natural complexion and then a slightly darker skin tone. The researchers found that the tan version was twice as likely to be rated as more attractive.
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Clay Routledge, professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, told the ABC news website that we don't always respond rationally to a health risk. "No one would be surprised that girls say they tan because it makes them look good. What is surprising is that if you remind them that it puts them at higher risk for cancer, we find that it makes them want to tan more," he says. When doctors try to scare people awayRead More »from What Would Make You Stop Tanning?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 11:28 PM EST
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
A British survey has been making big news this week for finding that women think the ideal age to start toying around with plastic surgery options is 52. (Well, actually they said it's 52 years, 41 weeks, and four days...but who's counting?) What we found even more interesting, though, was another, barely reported on finding: Almost 29 perfect of the women, aged 40 to 65, said they'd rather look 20 years younger than be a millionaire.
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Especially as the world spirals deeper and deeper into recession, with unemployment at record highs and housing prices record lows, this finding speaks volumes about the importance of youth. The women weren't asking to be 20 years younger, they just wanted to look 20 years younger-and valued looking younger more than they do economic security for themselves. That's pretty striking.
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By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from Do Men Have a Problem With Short Hair?
While Pete Wentz has publicly said otherwise, a recent story in People claims he actually isn't a fan of wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's recently-cropped hair. Her new cut is sharp and crisp-she looks sophisticated, more like the hip young mom she is and less like a teenage pop star she used to be. But it isn't really a surprise that no matter how much I like her new style, her husband might not.
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The beauty lore has always been that men prefer women to have long hair. In my own life, that's certainly been true. I've had a chin-length bob and a pixie cut before, and my female friends always gushed about how much they liked my hair short, using words like "gamine" and "adorable." The men? Not so much (maybe because "adorable" is how they'd describe their kid sister-not a potential love interest).
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I've noticed that men pay more attention to me now that I have long
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Parenting – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 9:34 PM EST
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
Forget "manscaping"-it seems that the newest salon customers are more than a decade away from being men, considering they've only recently graduated from Mommy & Me. Last week, Gwen Stefani hit a salon to get a bright red pedicure, and brought her son Kingston Rossdale along. The fashionable 4-year-old got his own mani-pedi, with each nail painted a different color. His hair is also dyed a platinum blond, just like his mom. I repeat: He's 4.
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I don't think boys should be denied beauty treatments if they want them. But my beef is with his age, and the message all that dyeing and plucking and buffing and painting might communicate to a child: Your appearance matters. One of the joys of being four is that you can wear a tutu on your head, let your curls run wild, have dirt under your fingernails, and not even notice.
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